Monday, October 21, 2013
Gene Sharp in his book, From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation, recounts a Chinese parable about the Monkey Master.
A fourteenth-century Chinese parable by Liu-Ji*, for example, outlines this neglected understanding of political power quite well:
In the feudal state of Chu an old man survived by keeping monkeys in his service. The people of Chu called him “ju gong” (monkey master).
Each morning, the old man would assemble the monkeys in his courtyard, and order the eldest one to lead the others to the mountains to gather fruits from bushes and trees. It was the rule that each monkey had to give one-tenth of his collection to the old man. Those who failed to do so would be ruthlessly flogged. All the monkeys suffered bitterly, but dared not complain.
One day, a small monkey asked the other monkeys: “Did the old man plant all the fruit trees and bushes?” The others said: “No, they grew naturally.” The small monkey further asked: “Can’t we take the fruits without the old man’s permission?” The others replied: “Yes, we all can.” The small monkey continued: “Then, why should we depend on the old man; why must we all serve him?”
Before the small monkey was able to finish his statement, all the monkeys suddenly became enlightened and awakened.
On the same night, watching that the old man had fallen asleep, the monkeys tore down all the barricades of the stockade in which they were confined, and destroyed the stockade entirely. They also took the fruits the old man had in storage, brought all with them to the woods, and never returned. The old man finally died of starvation.
Yu-li-zi says, “Some men in the world rule their people by tricks and not by righteous principles. Aren’t they just like the monkey master? They are not aware of their muddleheadedness. As soon as their people become enlightened, their tricks no longer work.”
Our current president is behaving like the Monkey Master and relying on the ignorance (Rush Limbaugh calls them “low-information voters”) of American citizens to accept his pronouncements as truth when they are in reality just the opposite.
Solomon, one of the wisest men ever to live wrote, “A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say. He who plots evil will be known as a schemer. The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.” (Proverbs 24:5-9 NIV)
Clearly a large number of Americans have allowed the federal leadership to deceive them for the purpose of achieving the goals of progressivism (also known as communism or socialism).
A metaphor for their complicity in accepting the words of a deceiving leadership is found in another warning of Solomon; “When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.” (Proverbs 23:1-3 NIV) That is, if you are addicted to food stamps and other federal handouts be aware that this is a deceptive trap that will relieve you of your God-given liberty.
Solomon also wrote, “A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it” (Proverbs 22:3 NIV) and “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:11-12 NIV)
As recounted above, “Yu-li-zi says, ‘. . . They are not aware of their muddleheadedness. As soon as their people become enlightened, their tricks no longer work.’”
Sheeple, wake up and smell the sewage that is being proffered as flower fragrance by the powerful elite!
Sure, times are tough and troubled right now (not getting better as we are being falsely told by the mainstream, Soros-controlled media) so what we do? Solomon also posed the proposition, “If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!” (Proverbs 24:10)
The writer of the Bible book of Hebrews recounted and commended the men of faith, “. . . who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. (Hebrews 11:32-34 NIV)
Don’t be deluded. The foreign enemies (Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, and progressive ideologists) are already among us and working to destroy this nation which was originally founded on Judeo-Christian principles.
Paul the apostle reminded the church members in Philippi, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV)
The beginning of all this ability of course, is to be a person of faith by accepting Jesus Christ as savior, making Him Lord in your life and then living a life in conformity to 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12.
We have a choice—to monkey around with our freedom or rely on the power of God to protect and guide us as we live the righteous and holy lives God designed us to live. The task is daunting, but achievable!